Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Floor 1
784 sf
Entry Faces
South Glass
Sunburst Cabin

This south-facing, one-bedroom Sunburst Cabin is a tiny house that can be used for a primary residence, weekend getaway, guest house, or rental home. With built-in sofas that convert to twin beds and an optional loft, the cute, sun-inspired cottage can sleep at least six. Even more guests can be accommodated in the loft or with a fold-out sofa. Bright light from the large windows on the south and east warm the home as does the central hearth. With the open main living area, this cozy home feels spacious. The charming exterior adds style and character to an easy-to-build home.

" that I am starting to move in and plan the space, I appreciate all the attention to detail." - Susan

First Floor

The stone hearth is the focus after entering through the sunny foyer. The open floor plan places the large island in the middle of the kitchen and the dining on the side. The kitchen and dining flow together to accommodate extra space for eating or extra space for kitchen prep as guests come and go.

The main living area opens to a side porch on the east. The kitchen, eating area and living room take advantage of these east views and morning light. This allows the kitchen to catch the bright southern sun, but without the direct rays. The dining opens directly to the porch (which could be screened) making for easy outdoor dining.

The half bath is convenient for guest use as well as for cleaning up from the outside since it is near the back, laundry entry. The nearby pantry closet can flex in its use for storing food, linen or coats.

The private master bedroom features two closets that allows one to have flexible use for extra hanging clothes or shelves for folded clothes or linens.

Attached Carport

The back carport can double as a back porch for large gatherings or covered work area for outdoor projects or canning. Connecting with the laundry, the carport could also allow for outdoor cloth drying when necessary or screened for an outdoor room such as for summer sleeping or for pets. Even if a detached garage is constructed elsewhere, the carport provides a covered area for the unloading of groceries.

Construction Info

The cabin has 9-foot ceilings throughout for added spaciousness. Economical truss-framed roof trusses allow for attic storage. The home is designed with 6 inch exterior walls, but thicker walls could be easily substituted. A small amount of thermal mass is in the stone around the hearth. Tile or hardwood floors can be installed over the crawlspace foundation.

Modification Ideas

Since these may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance:

  • Add a loft above the great room
  • Remove carport and build a detached garage
  • Duplicate the west bedroom wing on the east for a bedroom 2
  • Partition the bath between the toilet and sink for added privacy
  • Build on a slab if the land is flat for greater cost savings
  • Reduce the outside walls to 8 feet esp. if the loft and the vaulted ceilings are added.
Construction Prints, etc.

For this plan, the following are included with orders for Construction Prints and CAD files:

  • Schematic Site Plan
  • Crawlspace Foundation Plan
  • Floor Plan with carport
  • Exterior Elevations
  • Building Section
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Typical Wall Detail
  • Schematic Framing Plan
  • Schematic Electrical Plan
Comments and Photos

"…we are almost ready to move into the cottage. We want to share some pictures of your wonderful design….I knew I liked the design, but now that I am starting to move in and plan the space, I appreciate all the attention to detail. The corner built-in sofa/bed is going to work well. …I know it will be a great place to sit and sleep and store in the 4 drawers. The kitchen feels roomy and spacious and flows well…The island and the step-down table will be a great gathering and working spot. And the deck, both covered and not, is wonderful. We have already enjoyed lunch and wine on the deck. The breeze on the deck along with the fans is comfortable even on our hot days… Thank you for designing our home."  - Susan and Wayne